Director • Producer
Vasarhelyi is an award-winning director and producer. Her first film A Normal Life won Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003. Her second film,Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, screened at over 50 film festivals, and won numerous awards including 3 Audience Awards, the Special Jury Prize at the Middle East International Film Festival in 2008 and a nomination for the Pare Lorentz Award at the 2009 International Documentary Association Awards. The film was released in theaters in the U.S. and internationally. Vasarhelyi encountered Senegal’s Muslim population – specifically the Mouride brotherhood - while filming I Bring What I Love. Her initial exposure to Mouridism in 2005 enchanted and inspired her to return to Senegal several times in the subsequent years to film the Grand Magaal in the holy city of Touba. Touba, the resulting visceral and beautiful documentary experience takes the viewer through each step of the annual Mouride pilgrimage. She returned to Senegal in 2012 to document the heated Presidential elections. Mr. President, the intense and unflinching story of Senegalese democracy is in the early stages of post production. She is also currently working on two American stories: Little Troopers, a film about the impact of American soldiers’ deployments on their families left behind; and Father School a glimpse into the Korean American movement towards becoming more in-touch fathers and husbands. Vasarhelyi has received grants from several foundations including the Sundance Documentary Fund, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the William and Mary Greve Foundation. Vasarhelyi was selected as a 2013 Sundance Documentary Film Fellow, named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2005 and received an Achievement Award from Creative Visions foundation in 2008. She has been featured in numerous publications including, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and New York Magazine. Chai has a B.A. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature.
Cinematographer • Executive Producer
Scott Duncan is a dynamic and highly sought-after Director/Cinematographer. Duncan has earned 9 Emmy Awards for Individual Achievement in Cinematography and Best Documentary, as well as a total of 26 Emmy nominations throughout his career.
Duncan’s commercial work includes directing and shooting for high-profile national and international clients such as Ford Motor Company, Land Rover, BMW, Terlato Wines International, Archer Daniels Midland, Purina, Miller Genuine Draft, Emerson Corp, General Motors, IZOD, among others.
For over a decade, Duncan's stunning imagery has visually represented the powerful opening and closing broadcasts of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. With a global audience reach, billions of viewers have been captivated by his work that has earned Duncan and NBC Sports multiple Emmy Awards.
Duncan recently collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi on the feature documentary Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love, about Grammy-Award-winning musician, Youssou N’Dour, that premiered in 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2007 Duncan collaborated with Phil Tuckett to create The Golden Age, a film that explores the culture of South American amateur soccer leagues in New York City. The Golden Age premiered at the Vina del Mar Film Festival in Chile in 2008.
2013 marks the 21st year of Duncan’s dynamic career.